Maria McKinney combines hand-craft with response to context.
Her practice reflects on the wider societal implications brought about by developments in agriculture and genetic research, engaging directly with farmers and scientists to create work in relation to what they do. She makes work through a range of media including sculpture, installation, photography and video.
In 2021 she won the Golden Fleece Award and realised Totem Yokes, a project that reflects on farming in County Wexford as part of an M11 per cent for art commission. She was the recipient of the On Sight 2020 commission from the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. Her project Sire has been exhibited Internationally, including at The Wellcome Collection, London, UK, The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK, The RHA, Dublin, The RCC, Donegal, (solo), and at Pace University Gallery, NYC, USA, The Gregg Museum, North Carolina, USA, and Sunderland Museum, UK (group).
She was shortlisted for the inaugural MAC International Prize 2014 selected by Hugh Mulholland, Judith Nesbitt, and Francesco Bonami. Her work is part of the collections of the Arts Council of Ireland, The Museum of English Rural Life Reading UK, Wexford County Council, Europol, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Office of Public Works, and Bank of Ireland.